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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2013

Written by on January 15, 2013 

70. The Spectacular Now (James Ponsoldt; TBD)

Synopsis: Sutter is a high school senior who lives for the moment; Aimee is the introvert he attempts to “save.” As their relationship deepens, the lines between right and wrong, friendship and love, and “saving” and corrupting become inextricably blurred.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: After emerging as one of the top talents at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, Smashed director James Ponsoldt returns just a year later with his follow-up, a coming-of-age drama with some major talent. In her first lead role after The Descendants, actress Shailene Woodley stars alongside Miles Teller (who will hopefully deliver a performance worthy of his break-out in Rabbit Hole). Joined by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson and Jennifer Jason Leigh, this one is certainly on our radar heading into Park City. – Jordan R.

69. The Two Faces of January (Hossein Amini; TBD)

Synopsis: A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: While we attribute much of the success of Drive to Nicolas Winding Refn‘s directing, it was screenwriter Hossein Amini that put the words on the page and now, after working in blockbuster territory with Snow White and the Huntsman and the upcoming 47 Ronin, he’s recently finished shooting his directorial debut, The Two Faces of January. Returning to thriller territory, Amini assembled the powerhouse trio of Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac for the film that will hopefully see a premiere on the fall festival circuit. – Jordan R.

68. Diablo Cody’s Untitled Directorial Debut (TBD)

Synopsis: After surviving a plane crash a young conservative woman suffers a crisis of faith.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Previously titled Lamb of God, we thought the directorial debut from Juno and Young Adult writer Diablo Cody could perhaps land in theaters last year, but after a spring shoot, it seems as though it’s being primed for a 2013 festival bow. Led by Julianne Hough and Russell Brand, the film has some major supporting talent with Holly Hunter, Octavia Spencer and Nick Offerman, and we hope Cody can transfer her talents from the pen to behind the camera here. – Jordan R.

67. Under Your Skin (Jonathan Glazer; TBD)

Synopsis: An alien in human form is on a journey through Scotland.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Director Jonathan Glazer does not make enough movies. The well-renowned music video director made a big splash in the feature world with the unconventional Sexy Beast, and then followed that “gangster” pic up with an even more unconventional drama with Birth. It’s been many years since his divisive drama and it sounds like he’s made something quite daring, and possibly more polarizing, with Under Your Skin. – Jack G.

65 and 66. Wrong Cops and Réalité (Quentin Dupieux; TBD)

Synopsis: A group of bad cops look to dispose of a body that one of them accidentally shot.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Following the release of Rubber, director (and writer, editor, composer, cinematographer)  Quentin Dupieux has yet to slow down. We recommended his hilarious Wrong, which will finally debut this spring, and now he’s back with two additional projects. Shot in chapters, a portion of his Marilyn Manson-led Wrong Cops (no relation to the aforementioned film) will land at Sundance and then another mysterious project, titled Réalité, will hopefully land by year’s end. Regardless of what they contain, we’re greatly looking forward to more absurd humor from Dupieux. – Jordan R.

64. The Congress (Ari Folman; TBD)

Synopsis: An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Appearing on last year’s most-anticipated round-up, sadly this project is still a major question mark. Although seemingly in final post-production, we haven’t heard a peep regarding The Congress, but considering it comes from Ari Folman, the Oscar-nominated director of the astounding Waltz with Bashir, expectations are high. Featuring voice work from Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harvey Keitel and Danny Huston, we pray this one gets a fall festival debut, or even better, a Cannes bow. – Jordan R.

63. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (David Lowery; TBD – Sundance Premiere)

Synopsis: A story centered on two outlaws in the hills of Texas.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Perhaps most notably, because Rooney Mara was being courted for roles in upcoming flicks by Steven Soderbergh and Terrence Malick after her Oscar-nominated turn in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, but she signed on for this one anyway. It’s also a return to the screen for Casey Affleck, who has only done two live-action films since his breakout in 2007’s Gone Baby Gone. That must mean that David Lowery — who won a Grand Prize for his short film Pioneer at SXSW last year — has quite a good script on his hands. Details are a bit scarce, but Bonnie and Clyde is the point of comparison, and it is perhaps the most buzzed debut heading into Sundance Film Festival. Despite the lack of details, however, all the signs point to success. – Forrest C.

62. Rush (Ron Howard; Sept. 20th)

Synopsis: A biography of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel to challenge his rival, James Hunt.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Considering there has never been a great Formula One film coming out of Hollywood, Ron Howard’s biopic Rush could be the golden ticket. Loaded with talent both in front of and behind the lens, the race pic is penned by Academy Award nominee Peter Morgan, a score by Hans Zimmer, and a strong ensemble including Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, Olivia Wilde and more. Aiming for awards glory with its fall debut, we hope it delivers. – Ronnie M.

61. Calvary (John Michael McDonagh; TBD)

Synopsis: After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Why We’re Looking Forward To It: Because the idea of writer-director John Michael McDonagh following up the humorously acidic The Guard by giving his go-to leading man Brendan Gleeson the role of a good-natured priest is so awesomely enticing. After playing a cop who was little more than a funnel of drug-taking and harsh profanity, I can’t wait to see what Gleeson does with the part, this time apparently playing a guy who’s surrounded by people that are meaner than he is. And as much as I’ll miss the warmth and sincerity that Don Cheadle brought to The Guard, Calvary, from Kelly Reilly (who appeared alongside Cheadle in 2012’s Flight) to Chris O’Dowd, appears to have its fair share of supporting-player rewards on the docket. – Danny K.

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